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Media students filming at Cardonald Campus
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This is an enjoyable, exciting and practical Media Studies course, providing a broad introduction to the media industry. You will learn about film, television, radio, events, the press and other media. You will analyse films, television shows, study advertising, and produce scripts and newspaper articles. During the course, you will also be involved in practical projects where you will work in small production teams to make short films, magazines and develop your own media projects. This course will help you grow in confidence and learn in a supportive, welcoming environment.

What will I learn?

  • Communication core skills 
  • Digital video production and editing 
  • Feature writing 
  • Scriptwriting 
  • Media projects (including film and event organisation) 
  • Advertising 
  • Radio 
  • Podcasting 
  • Press and magazines 
  • Media production 
  • Social media 
  • Comics and graphic novels 
  • Photography 
  • Television 
  • Event organisation 
  • Film 

Hear from HND Communication and Media alumni Rhona who now works for BBC Scotland.

Hear from current student Molly.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of two National 5 qualifications, or equivalent, including English at grade C or above 
  • Applicants with no formal qualifications but who have previous media experience and enthusiasm for teh industry may be considered.

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Entry requirement equivalency table

Employer and industry links

We have close links with many Glasgow charities and media outlets who we work with on practical live projects. Guest visits from the Teenage Cancer Trust, Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre, CHAS, Finding Your Feet, Children First, and other charities, alongside scriptwriters and Media/TV professionals help you to gain experience of production work.

In-class industry expert talks are arranged throughout the year to underpin your class studies and enhance your knowledge. 

Jobs and further study

Other successful students have gone on to study degree related courses or into employment within the media industry.

Take a look at the course progression map for media and journalism.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). When completing your application please include any other evidence that you feel will support your application. Videos, photography, evidence of experience in the wider creative industries such as theatre work, events etc. 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be:

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional)
  • Invited to book an interview session
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list – following your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291